Telling Stories

I’m telling a story at tonight’s Bawdy Storytelling, and while I won’t narrate the story here (the creator, Dixie De La Tour, would kill me if I spoiled the surprise) I do want to comment on how important events like this are for our collective sexuality. The tag line for the series is “Real Dirty Stories told by Real Dirty People and I’m happy to be cast in that light. I’m dirty and I like it. Hopefully, most of you are too, or at least on your way to becoming so.  I don’t know if Dixie had any idea she was creating an event that would provide some larger socio-sexual good, though I will be interviewing her for the Sex Positive Photo Project soon and I will so totally be asking her these questions.

But back to Bawdy¦ why is it so important to here really dirty stories from really dirty people?

Because it doesn’t exist enough in our culture. The truth of sex is lost to us. That is what I am learning in my field of study. There is a collective loss of sex information we’ve been experiencing for a while now. I’m talking at least a couple of centuries in the U.S.

We are starved for knowledge. From how our bodies function sexually to how our minds interpret our sexual reality, we are looking for answers. Really, we should feel brave just for asking the questions.  Some of us start asking so many questions that we become ˜sex nerds’, or ˜sex geeks’, or ˜sex wonks’, as Dixie has chosen to call us tonight.  And as all true geeks can’t help but share, we figure out ways to distribute our findings and organizations are formed. SFSI is doing some fundraising at tonight’s Bawdy. They are literally an answer giving organization, and probably the geekiest group of sex geeks I’ve ever encountered. I’m happy that my own little tale of sex geekery might help them out.

As the sources for positive and accurate sexual information try to make some noise in the deafening silence we’ve placed on pleasure and sexual health, the stories of individuals are all we really have to immediately learn from. Which is why this blog exists, right? Which is why I’m getting up on a stage to tell the story of my sex geekery, one awesome sexual adventure and the context surrounding it. Truth is the most fascinating form of titillation that I know of.

Airial Clark

As of May 2012, I will have completed my Master’s Degree in Human Sexuality Studies at San Francisco State University. Prior to attending graduate school, I graduated from UC Berkeley in 2007 with a double major BA in English Literature and Anthropology while raising two young sons as a single parent. At Cal, I was President of the Student Parent Association. I am a regular contributor to the Sex Positive Photo Project of the SF Bay Area and Shades Magazine. I have presented my original research at multiple academic conferences and symposiums. I will be presenting my Master’s Thesis Study at the OpenSF Conference this June. I have trained with Community at Work to be a group facilitator and am fully committed to the participatory process of decision making.

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